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Jorginho believes him winning the Ballon d’Or would provide ‘an incentive to others’

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin presents Jorginho of Chelsea with the Men's player of the year award 2020/2021 prior to the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Zenit St. Petersburg at Stamford Bridge on September 14, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has been as successful as any other player in 2021. The 29-year-old has won the Uefa Champions League, Uefa Euro 2020 & the Uefa Super Cup over the past 12 months. However, this success is not enough for Jorginho, and he now believes he should win the Ballon d’Or.

Lionel Messi is the current favorite to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or, but Jorginho believes a player like himself winning the award would provide a great incentive to other players.

“I don’t want to have too many expectations. But I would be hypocritical if I said I don’t think about it. It’s great if it happens, but if it doesn’t, I won’t complain. I keep my feet on the ground and I focus on something else. I’ve already won the best player of the year by UEFA. It’s not up to me to say if I should win the Ballon d’Or. But it would be an incentive for other players. To show that not only goals are taken into account.”

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In August, Jorginho was named 2021 Uefa Men’s Player of the Year, following a terrific year for club and country. The player admits that acknowledgment by Uefa is enough for him. Still, his statistics at the European Championships alone show he was the key man to Italy despite not being their top goal scorer.

Jorginho covered the most ground of any player at the tournament (86.6km). He made the most recoveries (46) and completed the second most passes at the tournament with a 93% accuracy. The former Napoli midfielder also set a new European Championship record by making 25 interceptions during Euro 2020. Breaking the record of 24 interceptions at a single tournament previously held by former France defender Marcel Desailly.

Jorginho’s current focus is on Italy and securing qualification for the 2022 World Cup, the next prize on the midfielders hit list. Italy will secure qualification with victories in their final two group games.

“It would not be bad to win the World Cup. The Champions League and the Euros can’t be underestimated. But the World Cup goes beyond anything else. We won’t be the favourite in Qatar, but we can’t even go unnoticed. As we won the Euros.

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If Jorginho were to win the Ballon d’Or, he would become just the second player to win the award other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo over the past 12 years. Regardless, the midfielder looks likely to enjoy more team success in 2021/22. With Chelsea currently sitting top of the Premier League and well placed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

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